As you’ve likely seen here on the blog, I love to capture life as fun things happen. At the wedding of Mary and Jonathon, I saw this little boy standing off to the side of the dance floor, mesmerized by what was going on. He didn’t really seem terribly uncomfortable, and he didn’t actually leave the floor. He just thought it was too loud. So, I pulled off a fun shot or two of him standing there…
I have a wedding that I have not yet posted here, but one of the funny moments in the wedding was when John, the uncle of the bride, decided it would be fun to show her a picture he had on his iPhone. It’s a photograph of a tarantula; a rather largish tarantula. Turns out, Mary doesn’t much like spiders. I caught the moment in a photograph… It’s moments like these that make great memories I think!
Here we are hear the end of Spring in Central Texas, and I thought it might be fun to post a recent frivolous photograph from the Zilker Kite Festival. I was wandering about looking for kites to photograph and happened to glance over and saw this scene. It immediately reminded me of the Wizard of Oz. It was just the kind of thing to made me laugh and oh so pleased to have my camera in hand. You know, these moments happen so fast. So, now you know a little more about my personality; I’m strange like that. Hopefully you can see that strangeness come through in my portraiture and art, at least sometimes.
What makes a “perfect” photography shoot? I think there are several critical factors involved:
- Relationship: The subjects and the photographer all connect and learn something about each other. They relate, and find common ground for relating. They enjoy and feel energized. They work together to create a perfect portrait.
- Involvement: Everyone is working together to create something they will cherish. The photographer is as involved in the moment as the subjects are. Fun happens.
- Permanence: When everything is said and done, the portrait stands the test of time.
So, how does all this happen? Personality of the photographer is important. Love for the art of creating beautiful portraits is also big. But the best thing that all involved can do is allocate the right time and place for the process to take place. A location where the people in the portrait are really able to enjoy themselves and send forth their inner kid is what we’re going for. A location where movement is allowed helps (no one likes to be still!). Time of day and time of year can be selected to give the most energy and the right people to fill up the portrait (like a reunion, not at nap time, etc.). And of course time involves commitment; having a dedicated time slot for everyone to plan on and schedule gives value to the moment so it can be captured.
I found this on the interwebs today; I think it really says something important:
“A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.”